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Oklahoma City Transportation

Getting There

Airport

Will Rogers World Airport is located in southwest Oklahoma City, less than 15 minutes by car from downtown (www.flyokc.com). The airport is named for humorist and Oklahoma native Will Rogers (1879-1935) who was, ironically, killed in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. Fortunately, Rogers’ bad luck with aviation has not affected the airport, which is an easy place to navigate, with ample parking and curbside drop-off and pickup available. The airport itself is on the small side, which means that security lines are typically fast-moving and no gate is more than about a 5-minute walk from any part of the airport. Oklahoma City isn’t a hub, which means that unless you’re flying from another hub city (Houston or Chicago, for example), you’ll need to plan to change planes en route. But most of the major airlines fly in and out of Will Rogers, with Delta, American Airlines and Southwest providing the largest number of flights. Will Rogers World Airport also offers limited international flights. The simplest way to get from the airport into Oklahoma City is by car, but you can take an airport shuttle (www.airportexpressokc.com, 405-681-3311) or a taxi; both will run you about $20-$25 to downtown.  For airport service, contact Will Rogers Airport Taxi (405-593-1250) or Airport Express (405-681-3311).

Train

Oklahoma is not a place known for its train culture, but in 1999, the Heartland Flyer, a joint venture between Amtrak and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, began offering rail service between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. The Heartland Flyer runs daily, and the 418-mile trip includes stops in Norman (home of the University of Oklahoma) and Pauls Valley (where you can visit the Toy and Action Figure Museum). The Heartland Flyer leaves Oklahoma City’s Santa Fe station, located downtown, at 8:25AM. It leaves Fort Worth at 5:25PM daily, arriving in Oklahoma City at 9:39PM. During the weekend of the Red River Shootout (the annual football clash between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the University of Texas Longhorns), extra coaches are added, and buses shuttle fans to and from their hotels, making travel to the game (an Oklahoma City institution) simple and comfortable. From Fort Worth, you can connect with Amtrak trains to other cities. Oklahoma City has no light rail or metro service at this time. (www.amtrak.com)

Bus
Greyhound offers bus service into and out of Oklahoma City. Buses arrive at Union Bus Station, which is centrally located downtown (427 W. Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, 73102, 405-235-6425, www.greyhound.com).

Getting Around

Public Transit
You'll need a car to get around Oklahoma City. Public transportation, unfortunately, is almost nonexistent. METRO Transit is the city’s public transit provider (www.gometro.org), but service is sporadic and unreliable. Fortunately, Oklahoma City is easily navigated by even the most unfamiliar out-of-towner. We recommend renting a car for the duration of your stay here.
Taxis

Oklahoma City isn’t a town where you can step outside and flag a cab. The downtown is walkable, as is Bricktown, but for the most part, everyone has a car, or access to one. If you need taxi service around town, you can call Yellow Cab or Checker Cab, although neither has particularly sterling user reviews (cabs are slow arriving or unable to find locations, and dispatchers are unhelpful). If you’re going to need transportation around the city while you’re here, skip the cab service and rent a car, or hire a car service. We recommend Royal Limousine Service (405-789-9500 www.royallimousa.com/) or Metropolitan Limousine 940-498-LIMO.

Driving
Oklahoma City is a car town. Rather than attempting to rely on public transportation or taxi service, the simplest way to see the city is to rent a car. Certain neighborhoods—Bricktown, Downtown—are walkable, but unless you plan to stay in one area of the city for your entire visit, you’ll need a vehicle. Traffic is minimal, even at its worst, so finding your way from one place to another is relatively stress-free. The city is bisected by two major highways, as well as by city streets that run on a basic grid pattern, which minimizes the chance of getting lost or confused. And the drivers are so polite and considerate that this is a pleasant town to drive in, particularly if you’re used to bumper-to-bumper city traffic and road rage.
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